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Missing multiple teeth in one part of your mouth can seriously impair your ability to effectively chew food. In time, the surrounding teeth can start to respond to the structural loss, turning and migrating toward the void. This can result in serious alignment issues and make the corresponding teeth in your bite more prone to chips and fractures. To address a problem of this magnitude, your dentist, Dr. Valerie Foster, will often recommend installing titanium implants into your jaw to later anchor a dental bridge.

The process starts with your dentist examining the area and taking some X-rays. This helps determine if you have sufficient bone structure to mount a dental implant. If you have lost bone structure in the area, she might recommend receiving a bone graft beforehand.

During the dental implant installation process, you will need to be fully sedated. Afterward, you will still be too groggy to drive, so you’ll need to arrange to have someone drive you home.

During the implantation, an oral surgeon will make two small channels into your jawbone. A titanium implant is then screwed into each channel. Titanium is the metal of choice because it is biologically inert and will eventually fuse to your jawbone.

Eventually, the titanium implants will fuse to the bone tissues to form a pair of strong anchor points. Once this has been achieved, your dentist can start the process of fitting the two titanium abutments with a dental bridge.

If you are missing multiple teeth in one part of your mouth, you should call Valerie A. Foster, DMD, PC at 503.649.7011 to ask about restoration by a dental bridge in Aloha, Oregon.